A Breath of Fresh Air

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Saturday, January 14, 2012


On this episode of All Ears, we take a deep breath and savor music that conjures up tropical breezes and winter winds, rushing sounds, swaying trees and idle chatter. Breezes floating past help us breathe easier.

We stop in Havana for a seductive waltz from Aires Tropicales, a woodwind quintet by Paquito D'Rivera. One of its seven movements, "Habanera," casts a similar swaying tone to that of a Ravel composition.

We also hear Mancini's Soldier in the Rain, with a choir composed of four voices from Don Byron's album, "A Fine Line." Soldier in the Rain is the theme for the 1963 movie of the same name. 

Also on the program, it's soothing to hear Anton Bruckner next to DBR and Philip Glass, as well as Paul Lansky, and Michael Colgrass.



Paquito D'Rivera/Aires Tropicales: Habanera



Giancarlo Vulcano/Tierra del Fuego



Steve Reich/Variations for Vibes, Piano and Strings: II. Slow



Lou Harrison/Three Waltzes



Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)/Metamorphosis

Thirsty Ear


Anton Bruckner/Intermezzo & Trio for String Sextet in d



Ann Ronell/Willow Weep for Me



Judd Greenstein/The Night Gatherers

New Amsterdam


Henry Mancini/Soldier in the Rain

Blue Note


Meredith Monk/Recent Ruins



Veljo Tormis/"How can I recognize my home"



Toby Twinging/Satie Blues



Paul Lansky/Notjustmoreidlechatter



Keith Jarrett/Americana



Michael Colgrass/Winds of Nagual


Comments [3]

Aku Nkem from London, England

From here on out I'm all ears.

Jan. 25 2012 09:27 PM
Freshi Ya Shamba from NYC

Loved the show. Playlists could be a tad more descriptive to help locate music if someoone would like to purchase. Then again, sometimes one doesn't need to own the music, it's just nice to listen to it. Thanks to the Player on the website it's possible even after the fact.

Jan. 15 2012 11:58 PM
Stephanie J. Hughes from Manchester, NJ

ALL EARS is great! This was my first show and I loved it. I'm looking forward to more!! Thank you!!!!!

Jan. 15 2012 08:12 PM

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